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Announcing 2017 American Australian Association Scholars

Tuesday, August 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melanie Chiew
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                AUSTRALIA TO USA

 The American Australian Association is delighted to announce the appointment of the 2017 Australia to USA Scholars in the fields of science, technology, sustainability and medicine.

  Bechtel Scholar - Simon Kheifets

  Harvard University/University of Texas, Austin


Simon is a laser physicist turned neuro-scientist from Canberra, ACT. He received a Bachelor’s degree in physics, at Princeton University. He completed his doctorate in physics at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and HHMI. 

  Chevron Scholar - Nicholas Hirons


University of Melbourne/University of California, Berkeley


Nicholas will focus upon Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He plans to investigate how optimization and machine learning techniques can drive innovation in transport and energy.  

  Dow Chemical Company Scholar - Tristan Clemons
   University of Western Australia/Northwestern University


Tristan’s research is based around the development of nanomaterials one thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair.  These nanomaterials can be engineered to enhance drug delivery to a range of diseases and injuries including cancer, heart disease, central nervous system and burn injuries.   



  Northrop Grumman Scholar - Yixin Gong

 UNSW/Stanford University

Science & Technology Law

Yixin completed her LLB (First Class Honors) and BCom (Finance) at UNSW.  Her focus is on examining how the law intersects and guides technological development.  As a candidate for an LLM in Law, Science and Technology at Stanford University, she will be furthering research in relation to freedom of speech, privacy and intermediary liability. 




  Qantas Scholar - Simone Sandler

Monash University/Harvard University


Simone is a medical doctor who is passionate about Aboriginal health and global surgery. She worked in the Australian desert, and researches with Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change. She will study a Masters of Public Health, and will pursue a career in surgical training and public health.




  UQ Scholar - Kate Markey

 University of Queensland/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Kate is a physician-scientist studying the link between the microbiome and severe infection in transplant patients. She completed her undergraduate studies, medical degree and PhD at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.




  Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar - Elizabeth Burgess

University of Queensland/New England Aquarium

Whale Sustainability

Liz specializes in the development and application of non-invasive tools for hormone monitoring of marine mammals in the wild. She is interested in using physiological measures to better evaluate pregnancy, seasonality, reproductive biology, and stress responses of threatened individuals and populations, and ultimately, to detect the effects and consequences of increasing human impacts in the ocean.     





    Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar - Rachel Chambers

University of Wollongong/University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Rachel completed her International Bachelor of Science (First Class Honors) at the University of Wollongong. She is completing her graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on developing new methods for late stage C-H functionalization of complex molecules using sustainable base metal catalysts.  






  Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar - Beeke Wienert

UNSW/University of California, Berkeley


Beeke received a PhD from UNSW Sydney in 2016 and then continued to work as a postdoctoral researcher investigating molecular mechanisms of hemoglobin disorders. In 2017, she commenced a postdoctoral position at UC Berkeley. Her main research interests are transcription factors, their binding profiles and how genomic variation causes disease. 





  AusArt Scholar - Nicholas Croggon

 University of Melbourne/Columbia University

Contemporary Art

Nicholas is an art critic, editor and historian of 20th century art. He is the cofounder and co-editor of Discipline journal, and the author and co-editor of several other works on contemporary Australian art. He is currently completing a PhD at Columbia University, New York, on early video practices in America in the 1970s.






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